Burgers Of Hamburg Say ‘Nein’ To Olympics At A Time When Sports’ Image Is In Tatters

The Olympic park that will never be [Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner - gmp]

Editorial: The decision of the burgers of Hamburg will be put down to broader economic issues by some in the IOC who would rather look at it in the most convenient way possible. In fact, Olympic bosses would do well dust down Thomas Bach’s 2020 vision and conclude: you know what, this doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the kind of reform required

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Editorial: The decision of the burgers of Hamburg will be put down to broader economic issues by some in the IOC who would rather look at it in the most convenient way possible. In fact, Olympic bosses would do well dust down Thomas Bach’s 2020 vision and conclude: you know what, this doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the kind of reform required

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Felix Sanchez

Craig, as an expert on Germany, do you think the recent wave of terrorism in Europe has been enough to make a 1.6% difference to the vote?

Craig Lord

I would say a touch but no idea about by how much. It is hard to tell what tens of 1000s are thinking, of course, at any one unmeasured time. The Paris attacks were barely mentioned in coverage of the issue in Germany today. I would think the majority think of financial issues and the effect on the city and whether that’s worth it… and praying on their minds will be a host of current topics, immigration, the tarnished image of sport and security all in the mix. One of the symbols of the anti campaign in Hamburg was a poster of the five rings, one of them showing a CCTV camera with a line through it, suggesting those against don’t want their city turned into a prison check-point, so that speaks a touch to your question.

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